The chairwoman of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission has overstayed her term by more than three months, calling into question key commission votes in which she has participated.

The term of Michelle Craig expired in early August, weeks before she voted in favor of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Great Place to Work Initiative — a sweeping and controversial package of changes to the rules on how city employees are hired, promoted and evaluated.

Although that vote appears still to be valid, Craig’s status raises concerns about related actions taken by the commission, including the hiring of an outside attorney using public money to fight a lawsuit against the changes.

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